Cinnamon Janzer

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Cinnamon Janzer

Cinnamon Janzer is a journalist and content writer based in Minneapolis. Her first job was at a buffet in Mandan, North Dakota which was just as lowbrow as it sounds. Read more about her at

benefits of a new payroll system

January 17, 2019

2019 is the Year of the Payroll Solution

A new year means a lot of new regulations for small business owners. From minimum wage increases to disability calculations and a changing definition of independent contractors, payroll just got a lot more complicated. That’s why 2019 is the year of the payroll system solution. All of the business-related changes can be a lot to keep up with, especially when […]

what small businesses need to know about california payroll tax

January 16, 2019

California Payroll Tax: What Employers Need to Know

Congratulations! You’ve reached the point in your small business where you’re ready to hire your very first employee (or employees!). However, now is also the time that you have to get familiar with payroll taxes, something you’ll either have to pay or withhold from you employee’s checks and send into the government on their behalf. […]

building an employee handbook

January 16, 2019

Employee Handbook Examples You Should Steal From

If you haven’t spent time designing an employee handbook yet– you’re not alone. An employee handbook can be incredibly useful in building a positive workplace culture and employee loyalty, but it’s not an easy feat to write one. That’s why we’re breaking down the process for you and offering you six employee handbook examples. Often having […]

welcoming Gen Z in the workplace

January 14, 2019

Small Businesses Are Welcoming Gen Z in the Workplace

Running a small business comes with a wide set of challenges, not the least difficult being employee retention. However, a talent opportunity is emerging on the horizon for small businesses: Gen Z. Within the next two years, Gen Z—the generation that follows millennials—will comprise a whopping 20% of the workforce. For small businesses that have been […]

short-term disability

January 10, 2019

What is Short-Term Disability?

Many employers will encounter short- and long-term disability insurance at some point. Parsing out which conditions qualify for which program and the differences between long-term and short-term disability is not exactly intuitive. Nor is understanding how disability insurance fits in with the Family Medical Leave Act. The stress of navigating disability leave is no reason […]

small businesses' people problem

January 2, 2019

Small Businesses’ People Problem

It’s no surprise to small business owners that there are special challenges they face that larger or more established companies don’t. But did you know that small businesses face greater employee retention issues than bigger businesses? Employers with fewer than 1,000 employees tend to see a significantly higher turnover rate than even those with 1,000-5,000 […]

the business owners guide to 2019 federal holidays

January 2, 2019

The Small Business Owner’s List of 2019 Federal Holidays

When running a small business, one of the most difficult processes to manage is the time off that your employees not only want but that you’re required to provide in the form of federal holidays. Many first-time business owners don’t understand the rules around federal holidays. Is requiring employees to work on a federal holiday […]

emotional intelligence at work

December 28, 2018

What is Emotional Intelligence at Work?

Until just recently, aptitude used to be all about the intelligent quotient, more commonly known as IQ. The working assumption until recently was that the higher a person’s IQ, the better they would be able to perform work. Therefore, recruiters would frequently look for traditional intelligence in candidates. Today recruiters are starting to put a […]

2019 social security payroll tax cap

December 25, 2018

What the FICA? The Social Security Payroll Tax Cap for 2019

When it comes to running a small business, there are a million things on your plate and in your mind all the time, especially around the end of the year. And on top of throwing holiday office parties and navigating everyone’s time off requests, there still exist all of the regular day-to-day business operations that […]

Here are some new ideas for employe retention strategies

December 14, 2018

Is it Time to Try out Some New Employee Retention Strategies?

As any savvy business owner knows, it costs your business less to retain its employees than it does to hire new ones. From job postings to interviews and training, the costs associated with employee turnover adds up. Whether you’re just getting off the ground and funds are tight or you’re simply looking to be smart […]

The best holiday team building games for the office

December 12, 2018

The Best Holiday Team Building Games

In the business world, it’s the season for holiday parties. Why not use this opportunity to work on team building as well? There are quite a few options for holiday team building games that are quick, easy, and give your employees the chance to increase their co-worker bonds in the process. And besides, everyone has an […]

ideas for holiday bonuses in lieu of cash

December 11, 2018

Small Business Guide to Holiday Perks (In Lieu of Holiday Bonuses)

Between buying presents, visiting family, and cooking for crowds, cash is tight for most people around the holidays, which is why holiday bonuses are highly sought-after. A 1,000 person poll conducted by Research Now SSI found that 41% of respondents ranked bonuses as their most preferred holiday perk. However, the reality for most small business owners […]